The Gear

For giclée printing I use an Epson large format printer, the Stylus Pro 4900 (A2+, 17 inches max width, 11 colours), with their Ultrachrome HDR pigment-based ink. I believe the optimal choice of paper on the cost/quality curve is Innova Art. That’s just the default option though, and I’m more than willing to source and use other papers to suit the client.

For non-giclée printing—cheaper than giclée but not as long lasting—the Canon PIXMA PRO-100 printer with Canon’s ChromaLife100+ dye-based ink is used. This combo works well with a wide range of papers and cardstock. The PRO-100 is an eight colour printer, which includes two shades of grey as well as black, allowing accurate reproduction of greys generally, but especially monochrome images. The maximum size for non-giclée prints is A3+ (13 by 19 inches). Borderless printing is possible on certain sizes. (In principle any size can be made borderless by trimming but it is difficult for a non-specialist in this to do it consistently well.)

The graphics workstation is a 27″ Apple iMac with 8GB RAM, with the latest versions of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. To make the images for reproduction I use a Canon EOS 5D Mark ii camera (22.1MP) with a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS USM lens, a generic studio flash kit and a Mabef Lyre M 11 easel.